With several of these pitchers flirting with no-hitters and striking out Red Sox batter after Red Sox batter the last three weeks, somehow it wasn’t enough.
“These games are nine innings,” said Red Sox left-fielder Jonny Gomes. “We play until the last out is made.”
It wouldn’t be right to credit the Red Sox pitching, which kept them in nearly every game of every series, allowing the offense to do its thing some time before the last out was made. If not for David Ortiz, Jon Lester’s two dominating World Series victories would be more than enough for MVP. And closer Koji Uehara, MVP of the ALCS, was every bit as dominating as the great Mariano Rivera was when he was at the top of the heap.
Speaking of pitching, last night’s clincher, in the irony of ironies, the guy who most embodies the Red Sox Bad (2011 and 2012) and Red Sox Great (2013), John Lackey, was the starting pitcher in the clinching game last night, two weeks after one of the greatest performances in his career in beating Verlander, 1-0. Well, he did it again, battling his way through 62/3 innings, this time with a lead, allowing only one run with virtually nothing left in his tank.
Last, but definitely, was one of the greatest World Series performances ever. Ortiz’s 11 hits in 15 official at bats, including two home runs, is unparalleled. He not only survived the National League experience, playing flawlessly at first base, but he wouldn’t let anything less than a World Series title suffice.
For those counting at home, that’s three titles for Ortiz, the same number as Tom Brady and Larry Bird. Pretty good company, eh?